MA/MMus Experimental Music

Brunel University: College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences

Program Description

MA/MMus Experimental Music

Brunel University: College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences

About the Course

Brunel University London's MA/MMus Experimental Music is the UK's first master's programme in Experimental Music and offers you the opportunity to develop your own programme of study, based around your particular interests in contemporary music-making.

As a postgraduate student of MA/MMus Experimental Music you will be able to take advantage of the presence of the professional musicians who form Brunel University London’s tutoring staff, ensembles-in-residence and other musicians within Music at Brunel’s postgraduate community in your practice-based work.


  • You will develop a comprehensive and sophisticated understanding of a range of practical and theoretical approaches to contemporary musical materials, and of their historical and cultural contexts.
  • You will be encouraged to foster an advanced creative and critical engagement with issues in contemporary music practice whilst building the skills and knowledge necessary for employment in the music industry as a performer, composer, improviser and/or commentator.

Special Features

The MA/MMus Experimental Music programme is delivered by a team of tutors who specialise in contemporary music practice and theory. Brunel University London has the largest proportion of active music practitioners on its staff of any UK university or conservatoire, which makes it the ideal place to study for your master’s degree in the subject.

The majority of your contact time with tutors is through one-to-one tutorials where you will be guided through your work from inception to completion.

Through presentations, seminars and critical discussions you are encouraged to develop your communication and problem-solving abilities alongside other transferable skills such as prioritising, self-management and meeting deadlines.

As an MA/MMus Experimental Music postgraduate student, you will be encouraged to attend Brunel University’s regular Research Seminars. Organised by the Centre for Contemporary Music Practice they are led by invited composers, musicologists and performers.

Facts and Figures

The MA/MMus Experimental Music programme is taught by a team which includes composer and improviser Jennifer Walshe, sound artist Carl Faia, composer and writer Christopher Fox, and pianist Sarah Nicolls.

Teaching and Assessment


MA/MMus Experimental Music at Brunel University London will be taught via tutorials, seminars and workshops. Students of the master's course will be required to deliver presentations, written assignments, learning journals, a dissertation (MA) or a practice-based project (MMus).


As a full-time music student you will study all three 30 credit modules in the first two terms of the academic year, followed by a 90 credit Major Project module.

Part-time students will study Experimental Music Techniques and Experimental Music Portfolio in Year 1 and Locating Practice and the Major Project in Year 2.


Graduates with an MA/MMus in Experimental Music are employed as performers, composers, improvisers, professionals within arts management and administration, and as cultural commentators.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


1-year full-time; 2-years part-time

Cost & Fees

UK/EU students: £7,300 full-time; £3,650 part-time

International students: £15,400 full-time; £7,700 part-time

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Last updated October 17, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2018
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
7,300 GBP
United Kingdom - Uxbridge, England
Start date: Sept. 2018
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Sept. 2018
United Kingdom - Uxbridge, England
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UK/EU students: £7,300 full-time; £3,650 part-time / International students: £15,400 full-time; £7,700 part-time